Five Things: Elementary Schools Getting Rid of 'Old,' 'Poor' Furniture

Run for a church in Haiti and swimming safety tips are just some of the stories affecting the residents of Rocky Hill.


The daily five items that Rocky Hill residents need to know for Thursday, Aug. 2.

What's the Weather?

The National Weather Service predicts a mostly, cloudy day with a high near 89 and a low around 68. There is a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m.

Rocky Hill Schools Trashing Some Old Chairs and Desks

The staff at and Elementary schools will be disposing of more than 250 students’ chairs and desks as well as five teachers’ desks and chairs that are in "very poor condition" later this month.

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The furniture, which could have been purchased in the 60s or 70s, will be placed in a dumpster in the coming weeks, according to Chuck Zettergren, director of finance and operations for Rocky Hill Public Schools. The rental of each dumpster will be about $500, he added.

The new furniture for the schools was purchased on June 30 from the operating budget for roughly $70,000 and is expected to arrive sometime in August for the start of school, Zettergren said. 

All other options of disposing of the furniture were discussed such as selling the items at a tag sale. However, the cost of labor, advertising and storage would more than likely outweigh the money received from selling the items.

On Tuesday, the Rocky Hill Board of Education unanimously approved the motion as well as appointing a .

Fun Run Supports Church in Haiti

Registration is under way for the fifth

The parishioners of the will be holding the annual race on Sept. 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. 

The proceeds from the 5k run/walk will benefit the Saint Anne Parish in Saintard, Haiti, according to the church's website

The cost to participate in the 5k run/walk is $25. For more information, call 860-231-7093 or email JeffCT563@­aol.­com.

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Local Health Department Wants Residents to Stay Safe While Swimming This Summer

The is offering Rocky Hill and help avoid unintentional drowning.

When swimming in your pool, you should be mindful of the following safety measures:

  • Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool, and be sure young children in a pool are accompanied by an adult.
  • Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, about the safety use of devices and the need for constant supervision.
  • Do not swim when using alcohol or drugs
  • Keep children away from pool filters
  • Teach children to walk carefully around the pool, as running around the pool can cause falls and injuries
  • Do not permit rough-housing and dunking, as they may lead to head injuries.  Always check to see if other swimmers are nearby to avoid hitting them.
  • Be sure diving is only allowed in in-ground pools, in the deep end of the pool.
  • Remove steps and ladders from above ground pools when not in use.
  • Keep tables, chairs, and anything else that could be used as staging to climb into the pool away from the sides of the pool.
  • Never use a pool with its cover partially in place, as this could trap children; always completely remove the cover.
  • Do not swim alone or in the dark.
  • Stay out of the pool during thunderstorms.
  • Keep a cell phone near the pool while it is being used.
  • Do not allow eating or gum chewing in the pool, in order to avoid choking accidents.
  • Keep basic life-saving equipment near the pool. 
  • Do not let swimmers play games underwater that include holding their breath for a long period of time.

For more information on the Central Connecticut Health District, call 860-721-2822 or visit its website.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Needed For Kickoff Breakfast

The American Cancer Society is looking for Rocky Hill Breast Cancer survivors and community members who are interested in attending the later this month.

"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive 5K walk that raises awareness and funds to help fight for every birthday threatened by breast cancer in every community," according to .

The breakfast will start at 8 a.m. on Aug. 21 and will be held at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, which is located at 315 Trumbull St.

For more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org or call 800-227-2345.

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